The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunniso 1 has reacted to the statement credited to a group of Ibadan elders that he consented to the controversial chieftaincy review carried out by the Oyo state government which led to the Controversial crowning of 21 new kings in the state.
The Olubadan described the statements as ‘Untrue’. In a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, the monarch acknowledged receiving the elders in his palace at Popoyemoja, Ibadan on Thursday, September 7th but insisted that he was never told neither did he know about the Chieftaincy issue.
The statement read;
“For the avoidance of doubt, my opposition to the elevation of high chiefs to kingship status without domain remains the same, as I maintain my stand. I cannot see how I would bless the high chiefs who have refused to wait for their turn before stepping forward to take crowns from the government, contrary to our tradition and custom.
The crown which I wear has its root from somewhere. I cannot bless a crown that has no root. You will recall that the same Ibadan Elders’ Forum stoutly opposed the former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s move to elevate six Baales in their letter dated 24th April 2009. On page 2 (ii) of that letter titled “The composition of Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs” signed by Ambassador Olu Sanu and Onaolapo Ajibola, they stated:
The (Ibadan Chieftaincy) system had worked for ages and ensured peace and stability in Ibadan land and the forum would therefore not want the Government to tamper with the system in order not to create confusion and ill-feeling.”